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In Today’s News June 30, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in News.
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  • Rep. Jack Murtha, chairman of the House is digging deep to find $3.2 billion for 20 more Raptors to keep the F-22 line going and is closely watching the debate about an export version for Japan. He expressed amazement that the Marine’s EFV has an aluminum underbody that woildn’t be much good against mines or IEDs. Murtha told this and much more to defense journalists. Read Christian Lowe’s take on the breakfast below.
  • In a clear sign of how strong the F-22’s support is in the Senate Armed Services Committee, the panel’s leaders bowed to committee members and inserted language approving $1.7 billion in funding for another seven F-22 fighters in the 2010 defense authorization bill. Also, the panel approved language telling the Pentagon to consider an export version of the Raptor.
  • In a challenge to White House efforts to reshape military spending, and in defiance of President Obama’s first veto threat, both the House and the Senate have advanced bills that include money for a key program the administration is trying to end.
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